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Travel sector dismay as Portugal faces tougher rules

Travel sector dismay as Portugal faces tougher rules




The travel and SLOT tourism industry has hit back after the announcement of tighter rules on foreign holidays.


No more countries will be added to the green list and Portugal will be relegated to amber from next Tuesday.


The government said Portugal had seen a doubling of infection rates since the previous travel review.


Critics warned of a loss of jobs and confidence, while Easyjet said the government had torn up its own rules.


Moving Portugal from the green to the amber list was a "safety first approach" to "give us the best chance of unlocking
domestically", said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.


Labour said moving Portugal from green to amber on the UK's foreign travel system was "not the answer" and called
for the amber list to be scrapped altogether.


Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds accused the government of causing "chaos with
the mishandling of travel restrictions at the border".


In addition to not adding countries to the green list and relegating Portugal to amber, seven more countries have been
added to the red list.


All the changes will take effect on Tuesday at 04:00.


In England's traffic light scheme, countries are classed as green, amber or red - with different rules for quarantine and
Covid tests.


Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have similar rules.

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